My name is Will Duchon. I live in Stratford, CT.

In 2003 I encountered Mr. Shane Watson, who is currently serving a 25 year to life sentence for second-degree murder. After careful review of the case transcripts, police reports, trial transcripts and other documentation, it became clear that Shane is not guilty of this crime. His case is an example of flawed "eyewitness" testimony, an incredibly flimsy prosecution, and essentially a travesty of justice. Shane is 50 years old, and has been in prison since 1993.

Along with some dedicated friends from Pleasantville Presbyterian Church in Pleasantville, NY, Monroe Congregational Church in Monroe, CT, the fine attorney Robert Boyle of New York City, and our dedicated investigator Doug Walters of Chicago, I am seeking to have Shane's conviction overturned so that ultimately, he will be free to enjoy his life.

This blog is simply a way to share Shane's story as well as new and current information regarding his case. I encourage you to read the posts that describe the details of his case. It is also an opportunity to learn about how flawed the criminal justice system is.

For details of the Shane Watson case, please read the SUMMARY by our investigator, Doug Walters.

Thank you for visiting.

Shane Watson's mailing address:

Mr. Shane Watson

93A 9384

PO Box 8

Otisville, NY 10963

Monday, February 8, 2016

Write to the new Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark

The Bronx has a new District Attorney. Her name is Darcel D. Clark.

According to our friend Alice Wagner of NYC, "it looks like the new Bronx DA is working to sell herself (whether a truism or not) as working against corruption in the correctional system.  She seems to be addressing and publicizing a first exoneration.  This might be a good time to reach out (If you have not already) with letters or press or getting numbers from an online petition to her or press.  (Not that this is a new thought…only a new audience.)  The iron seems somewhat hot.  She’ll be getting good press and bad press on this issue and she will want the good, so numbers will count. 

If you are so inclined, please write to DA Clark on behalf of Shane, requesting that she review the case via this blog.

The Office of the Bronx County District Attorney

198 E. 161st Street

Bronx, New York 10451

On January 1, 2016, Associate Justice Darcel Denise Clark became the 13th District Attorney for Bronx County and the first African-American woman to hold the office in New York State.
Prior to her election, Ms. Clark served as an Associate Justice for the NYS Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department, and as a Justice of the NYS Supreme Court, Bronx County as well as a Judge of the Criminal Court in Bronx and New York Counties, spending more than 16 years on the bench.
A native Bronxite who was raised in NYCHA’s Soundview Houses, and is a product of the New York City public school system, District Attorney Clark graduated from Truman High School before receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Boston College, where she was the first recipient of the University’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Scholarship.   D.A. Clark then attended the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C., where she served as Class President for each of her three years in law school.
After earning her law degree at Howard, District Attorney Clark returned home in 1986 to begin her legal career at the Bronx District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney.  After trying many cases as a prosecutor, including drug felonies, violent crimes and homicides, D.A. Clark served as a Supervising ADA in the Narcotics Bureau and eventually became the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Court Bureau.  In 1999, she left the Office to accept her first judicial post.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Paula Watson Speaks at the MLK Celebration Day in Woodstock, NY

Paula Watson, wife of Shane Watson, speaks at the 26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Woodstock, NY
January 17, 2016

Friday, January 22, 2016

Paula Watson speaking at MLK Celebration

On Sunday, January 17, 2016, Paula Watson and I spoke at the 26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. event in Woodstock, NY. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Shane's Story is Shared at MLK Event in Woodstock

Paula Watson and I spoke to an audience of about 100 people at the 26th Annual MLK Celebration on Woodstock, NY on Sunday, January 17. 
Paula and Shane's children Diane (4) and Zion (7) joined us on the stage. The event was powerful and Shane's story was received with enthusiasm and support.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Robert Boyle Files the Application for a Federal Appeal

This application was filed on January 14 in the US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, by our attorney Robert Boyle:


This memorandum is respectfully submitted in support of Shane Watson’s application to file a second or successive 28 U.S.C. §2254 petition. Mr. Watson seeks habeas review of an order of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, First Department, dated February 3, 2015 that denied leave to appeal an order of the Supreme Court, Bronx County (Price, J.) dated June 13, 2014 denying his motion to vacate a judgment of conviction. 

This represents one of the few remaining options available for having Shane's conviction overturned. Keep the faith!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Do You Believe in Miracles?

Shane's case has hit a brick wall. This morning we reached out to Glenn Garber of The Exoneration Initiative whose organization assisted in the motion hearings. Glenn is also a friend of our attorney Robert Boyle. We are urging them to take the case to Federal Court, a move which would likely represent our last shot at exonerating Shane. We need a miracle.

What can you do??

Contact Mr. Glenn Garber or Ms. Rebecca Freedman at

The Exoneration Initiative

Mr. Garber is a friend of our attorney, Robert Boyle. Ms. Freedman assisted Mr. Boyle at the motion hearings in the Bronx Criminal Court. Urge them to take Shane's case to Federal Court, and show your support for Shane, who has now spent over 22 years in prison, wrongfully.